“Forget any preconceptions and discover the real Iran – a land of ravishing landscapes, rich history and fabled hospitality.”

Highlights

Teheran | Royal Gardens of Fin | Agha Mosque | Yazd | Bazm | the imperial city of Persepolis | Shiraz | Murgon Waterfalls | Visiting nomadic families | Bavanat Valley | Trekking in Dena Mountains | Golkuh Lake | Esfahan | Sa'adi and Hafez | Zagros Mountains

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Trips are on full board basis, and include transport as outlined in itinerary, twin-share accommodation, mineral water and entrance fees.

Responsible tourism

Iran vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. All our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions and, as tour operators, is something we are careful to promote.

In Iran we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating home-stays, locally owned hotels, restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.

Our company also supports emergency relief efforts in the areas we travel to, such as the Pakistan Earthquake Fund set up in 2005 and a variety of other community benefiting NGOs around the world. We also support several other NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, Tibetan schools trust and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit. There are full details of these on the Responsible Tourism page on our website.

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Reviewed on 30 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing and being introduced to the wonderful Islamic architecture, tiling, mosaics, and painted interiors with excellent guides.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If possible, have some time out in the countryside between the cities to avoid 'cultural indigestion'. WE had three days in the Nurata Mountains experiencing local life and doing some hiking. Try to have a free day in each city to wander round at leisure, re-visit some of the sights and enjoy the local people.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


This trip benefited local people by providing employment for guides, income for the Nurata village guesthouses, and the sale of craft products.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The vacation was very interesting and enjoyable. It was our first visit to Central Asia and as well as the beautiful architecture it gave us a good insight into the
development of the country and its strategic position in Central Asia.

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Thanks for your feedback, we are delighted you found Uzbekistan so interesting.

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The homestay was a real highlight. We were also invited to Asura events in Yazd, where we were made very welcome and got to experience the local events.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Lots of people will look at you as if you are mad when you tell them that you are going on vacation to Iran and suggests that it is very dangerous. Ignore them. I have never been to a place where people are so pleased to meet tourists, particularly British ones.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think that this trip benefits local people by using local businesses, particularly the home stay and the local restaurants. We also used local guides in places and visited villages where the visit would also have supported the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We really enjoyed this trip. The history is fascinating, the architecture is beautiful, and the people genuinely welcoming and friendly. The only point to be prepared for is that the food, whilst reasonably tasty, isn't varied and you tend to get the same things everywhere. That is not a criticism of the trip, but is just the nature of the sort of food served in restaurants in Iran.

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